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August 2016

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    THE NHS AND MENTAL HEALTH

    According to a report by The Mental Health Foundation (MHF, Fundamental Facts About Mental Health, 2015): "Only 5.5% of UK health research spending goes to mental health study. With one in four adults suffering a mental health issue, there is an obvious imbalance."The UK is in a mental health crisis and millions of people across the country suffer in some way with mental health issues, in the...

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    STANDARDS IN ELDERLY CARE COULD FALL WITH THE NEW NATIONAL LIVING WAGE

    Study by think tank has warned that "Standards in elderly care could fall following the introduction of the National Living Wage for care workers unless the government is able to help plug the shortfall in funding".The study also found "no evidence of employers cutting back on shifts to finance the new wage rise and warned local authorities could use the excuse of higher wages to 'ration' care...

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    AFTERMATH OF UNIVERSAL CREDIT DELAYS

    The labour MP also said "the minimum six-week payment period faced by new Universal Credit claimants led to reliance on emergency food parcels, triggered debt and rent arrears, and caused health problems".Field wrote this to the work and pensions secretary, Damian Green, asking him to cut the lengthy and stressful wait for payments faced by penniless claimants:"This is an unbelievably long time...

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    THE EFFECT OF BREXIT VOTE ON THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AND ECONOMY

    "A poll by Reuters of almost 60 economists has predicted that Britain will decline by 0.1% for the next two quarters and enter recession this year", reports 24Dash.National Housing Federation analysis also showed a decline in housebuilding similar to that of the 2008 recession would over the next decade:Chief executive at the National Housing Federation, David Orr, said:"We know that an uncertain...

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    UNISON TELLS GOVERNMENT INQUIRY THAT SOCIAL CARE FUNDING WOULD BECOME WORSE

    UNISON also pointed out that:An inquiry has been launched by the Communities and Local Government Committee, to look into whether the funding available for adult social care is enough for local authorities to fulfill their statutory obligations, to assess and meet the needs of people requiring care and support.Clive Betts MP, committee chair, while commenting on the inquiry at its launch in June,...

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    FORECAST: IMPROVEMENTS IN EUROPE'S HOUSING MARKETS

    S&P predicts that residential property prices will rise in almost all European markets this year,  despite economic uncertainties created by the UK's decision to leave the EU and the UK's home prices are expected to fall over the next 18 months, reports Property Investor Today.  Chief economist for Europe, Middle East and Africa at S&P Global Ratings, Jean-Michel Six, said:"While uncertainties...

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    HOUSING, YOUNG PEOPLE AND WELSH LANGUAGE COMMUNITIES

    CHC says it's time to bring the Welsh language "home".'Housing  our Futures: Keeping Young Voices in the Community' is a forum that would be chaired by the head of corporate services at Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd, Rhys Evans.Chief executive of CHC, Stuart Ropke, said:"Although, the links between housing and health, the economy, education and tackling poverty are all well established, an...

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    HOME OWNERSHIP IN DECLINE AS A RESULT OF THE HOUSING CRISIS

    "The growing gap between earnings and property prices has created a housing crisis that extends beyond London to cities including Manchester", reports the GuardianThe Resolution Foundation, think tank said:"Home ownership across England reached a peak in April 2003, when 71% of households owned their home, either outright or with a mortgage, but by February this year the figure had fallen to...

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    RIGHT TO BUY POLICY WILL END IN SCOTLAND

    Since this policy was introduced by Margaret Thatcher's government in 1980, almost 500,000 council and housing association homes were sold under it.Although, it allowed tenants in social housing to buy their homes at discounted rates, there were concerns that it had contributed to a major shortage of social housing.The chief executive of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA),...

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